As most of you know, we did not tell Victoria that she was going to Disney World until she was in the airport. Greg and I did not initially decide not to tell her all the way until the day we were leaving, but as the weeks went by, and our trip came closer, we figured why not go for it. It would be much more difficult to surprise her like this again because I am pretty sure she’ll be reading by the next time we make the trip. As you can see from the pictures of her in front of the signs, the not being able to read was pretty much key in keeping this a surprise!
We also decided when planning this trip that we would leave Amelia at home, mainly because of her age, but also because when I was five years old, my parents took me to Disney, all on my own and I wanted Victoria to have an experience all on her own too. There will be more trips where they will go as sisters, but this trip it was just Victoria, me and Greg. This has been a huge transition year for Victoria as she learns the role of Big Sister, and Greg and I wanted to spend some time with just her. We also like to call this our “"trial run” as we made note of things to do and not to do on future trips (post about that coming soon!).
Grammy came to spend the night the night before (arriving after Victoria was in bed) and when we woke Victoria up in the morning we told her that we had to take Daddy to the airport for work. She did not question a thing and was looking forward to seeing the planes. We checked our bags and then scouted out the perfect spot to tell her she was going to Disney! We thought in front of a Christmas tree at the airport was most appropriate. So with video phone in hand, we told her she was GOING TO DISNEY! Her reaction was priceless and worth the months of anticipation.
We stayed on Disney property, so we took the complimentary Magical Express from the airport to our resort. We stayed at the Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort. There were sections of the resort with different movie themes, we stayed in the Mighty Ducks themed section. We chose a budget hotel because our schedule was packed and we knew we would not be at our hotel much at all, although Victoria did have about 10 minutes to swim in the pool on the morning we left. The resort was nice, a little dated, nothing too fancy, and a little far from the attractions, but we enjoyed our stay there.
We dropped our bags off, changed, and then we were off to the Magic Kingdom. I highly recommend Magic Kingdom being the first place you go when at Disney (at the last). We arrived just in time for the Festival of Fantasy Parade (new this year). We grabbed a seat on Main Street (right where I’ve read not to watch the parade, more on that in a later post), because the sidewalk was filling up, and this was the only day in our schedule to see it. Watching this parade was an excellent way to start off Disney!!! The floats in this parade were nothing like we’ve ever seen before, so detailed, a great introduction to what was to come.
After the parade we rotated Fast Pass rides (Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Thunder Mt. Railroad & Peter Pan’s Flight) with non Fast Pass Rides, and as the night went on, the wait times decreased. The park was open until 10pm that night. Victoria was just tall enough (thanks to her hair bow) to ride Thunder Mt. Railroad and she loved it! The Mine Train is a new ride at Disney (opened in May) and this was her absolute favorite ride, she even waited 80 minutes to ride it on the last day we were there…ahhhh!
We rode rides in Adventureland, Frontierland, and Fantasyland. It was so much fun to watch Victoria beam with excitement over just about everything! She was at such a great age for her first trip. She wanted to just keep going and going, I don’t think she ate dinner until 8:30pm that night.
Thunder Mountain Railroad
7 Dwarfs Mine Train
Busted taking pictures on the ride!
Back of the Castle
It’s a Small World
Victoria and Pascal
We had a great first day/night at the park! We left when it closed and went back to the hotel to rest up for an exciting day at Animal Kingdom the next day!